Google's Gmail app now lets you make voice and video calls2021-12-07 14:12 by Daniela
Tags: Gmail, video calls
One-on-one voice and video calls are now rolling out for Google Chat inside the Gmail app on iOS and Android, Google has announced. The feature was first announced in September, but as of December 6th it's started rolling out for anyone with Google Workspace, G Suite, or personal Google accounts. The new feature doesn't work on anything else other than 1:1 chats at least for the moment.
To join a call, select the phone or video within the 1:1 chat. You should be able to see a banner of the person you're on a call with while on a call. Also, the call duration and a Meet icon are visible in the chat roster. Finally, the red phone or video icon within the conversation and the chat roster are used for missed calls.
It's a simple addition, but it's one that furthers Google's goal of making Gmail the central hub for all its communication services. In fact, Google's post says you'll be redirected to the Gmail app, even if you start a call from within the Google Chat app.
Previously, users had to send an invite to even start a video call and it looked too formal and the extra steps to send and then the receiver had to revert back with acceptance and then initiate a video call. This made many use other alternatives, which offered direct calling.
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